Blog Posts by Anne T. Donahue

  • The question of age in Hollywood

    Rebel Wilson (Getty Images)Rebel Wilson (Getty Images)

    We’re talking about age a lot this week. First, because rumours and reports have surfaced that Rebel Wilson actually lied about her own, and then because Maggie Gyllenhaal recently told The Wrap that at 37, she’d been deemed “too old” to play the love interest of a 50-something-year-old man. (Gross.) So yeah: ageism is alive and well. Which means that if Wilson did lie about her age, then Gyllenhaal’s account actually explains why.

    Most importantly, lest we forget that Wilson’s age is none of our business. Despite our interest in and/or obsession with celebrity culture, the backstories or personal lives of people we don’t know has nothing to do with anybody but themselves (minus abuse/assault allegations because those have victims). Which means that whether Wilson is 29 as claimed or 35 as she’s been “accused” of has nothing to do with her ability to make us laugh and do her job. 

    Would we still have seen her in “Pitch Perfect” if she we knew she was (allegedly) in her 30s? I hope so.

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  • What Harry Shearer’s ‘The Simpsons’ departure is like

    The worst possible thing on this planet has happened: Harry Shearer (the voice of Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, and Mr. Burns – among others) is leaving Springfield. Or more specifically, after more than 25 years as a voice wizard, Shearer is walking away from “The Simpsons” because he wants to do other work.

    And look – we get it. (I say, pretending the casts of “Family Guy” and “Bob’s Burgers” and “BoJack Horseman” all don’t have full-time gigs outside their animated job.) Maybe he’s having a crisi-tunity. Maybe Shearer is ready to branch out and open his own Uncle Moe’s Family Feedbag. Maybe he just wants to follow Martin’s lead and also be Queen of Summertime. (Who doesn’t?)

    Regardless, the only way we can articulate how his soon-to-be-absence makes us all is by comparing it to other “Simpsons” moments. So, without further adieu, here’s what we think Harry Shearer’s departure is like:

    Krusty replacing “Itchy and Scratchy” with “Worker and Parasite”

     Kirk drawing “dignity.”


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  • 5 Canadian TV shows we want rebooted

    As you may or may not know, Canadian treasure Ryan Reynolds was hit by a car last weekend (driven by a member of the paparazzi), but he’s fine. It’s OK. In fact, it’s so OK that Reynolds won’t talk to the CBC about it unless they promise to bring back “Beachcombers.” (Which was a long-running CBC comedy that went off-air in 1990.)

    And honestly, we’d be fine with that. Just like we were fine with an “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” reunion, as tweeted by former star Ross Hull (currently a meteorologist at Global Toronto).

    So give us more reunions. Or more specifically, give us more Canadian TV reunions. And not just any Canadian TV shows: the best ones. Or, as they’re known around my kitchen, where I’m currently sitting, the ones I watched religiously.

    “Student Bodies,” 1997-1999

    Frankly, we deserve to see Cody, Emily, and the gang realize post-graduation what a cutthroat

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  • Dear One Direction fandom: We’ll get through this

    Zayn Malik at the 2014 American Music Awards (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)Zayn Malik at the 2014 American Music Awards (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

    Dear One Direction fandom,

    Well, you did it. You’ve completed the first seven days of your favourite band member (and/or band member you liked and/or band member you just wanted to stick around) not being in your favourite band. You didn’t think you could do it, but you did. And now comes the slow, steady release of gossip and drama associated with all relationship endings and celebrity stuff. 

    It’s a cake walk, I promise.

    The first thing to remember during this difficult time is that Zayn — our dear, wonderful beloved Zayn — is a grown-ass man. He’s 22, he’s in love with a girl named Perrie Edwards, and, no matter how much it means to us, One Direction was basically his first job. By the time I was 22, I’d already had five jobs, and nobody cared when I quit any of them. Thus, at some point, somebody had to quit One Direction. They had to. Because otherwise they’d be that guy you worked with when you were 15 who you still see at the restaurant you were a host and/or hostess at. And

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  • Who can replace Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show'?

    Monday night, the unthinkable happened: Jon Stewart announced that he was leaving "The Daily Show" after 15 years at the helm.

    "This show doesn't deserve an even slightly restless host, and neither do you," Stewart said in the broadcast. "It's been the honour of my professional life, and I thank you for watching it, hate-watching it, whatever reason you're tuning in for."

    So while Stewart's last show will reportedly come "later this year," that's literally all the information we know -- including who will take over his job. Back in 1999, the current "Daily Show" host took over from Craig Kilborn, which (of course) got us thinking: who could take Stewart's place? Had this happened a year ago, John Oliver or Larry Wilmore would have been obvious choices, but now that those two are kicking in on their own shows ("Last Week Tonight" and "The Nightly Show," respectively), the situation is a little less clear cut.


    Samantha Bee
    Why she could: Samantha Bee has been a cast member of "The Daily

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  • Presenting: your Grammys 2015 drinking game

    LL Cool J at the Grammy rehersals on Feb. 5, obviously wearing a hat. (Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage)LL Cool J at the Grammy rehersals on Feb. 5, obviously wearing a hat. (Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage)
    One week after the Super Bowl and one week before “SNL’s” 40th anniversary, we’ve got Biggest Night in Music (at least according to CBS): The Grammys.

    Starting at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 8, industry royalty will descend upon the Staples Center, listen to jokes by host LL Cool J (and his hat), and watch no less than 45 performers.

    And that’s all well and good, but we have something better. In the spirit of our Golden Globes drinking game from 2013, we have this: our Grammys drinking game from 2015, open only to readers of legal drinking age (unless of course you’re drinking water or juice, then chug away). 

    Here we go!

    - Take a drink every time LL Cool J says, “This next performer…”

    - Take a drink every time you see LL Cool J’s hat

    - Refill your glass and drink the entire thing if LL Cool J changes his hat

    - Every pun, take a drink

    - Every “pause for laughter” moment, take a drink

    - Refill and chug if Taylor Swift is shown during Katy Perry’s performance

    - Refill and chug if Katy

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  • 5 pregnant lady tropes 'The Mindy Project' can help abolish

    Warning: this post contains spoilers about the February 3 episode of "The Mindy Project." Read at your own risk.

    There aren't enough spoiler warnings in the world: Mindy Lahiri of "The Mindy Project" is pregnant. (The character. Not the actor/writer/showrunner/creator with the last name Kaling.)  In fact, Kaling told Entertainment Weekly that a Danny-Mindy baby had been in the works since season 1.

    "We always like doing things out of order for Danny (Chris Messina) and Mindy, since they are a couple that, on paper, shouldn't work," she reminded.

    Which is true. Mindy and Danny couldn't be more opposite, which makes this particular venture pretty interesting. Also, because she hasn't told him about the precnancy yet (and will do so in next week's episode, "Dinner at the Castellanos.")

    But what makes this TV baby a little different than most is Kaling's approach to her character's pregnancy. 

    "Pregnant Mindy is the most fun version of her yet," she explained. "This is not a woman who

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  • There's only one word to describe last night's 'Scandal': REALLY?!


    Warning: this post contains spoilers for the January 29 episode of "Scandal." You've officially been warned.

    After a two-month (a.k.a. seemingly endless) wait, last night's "Scandal" finally revealed who kidnapped Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) back in November. As in: we physically saw them -- but we still have absolutely no idea who they are.

    No, really. After an hour seeing Olivia in a holding cell, ruining her bra, and having dreams of making jam while being married to the President (who, in this sequence, was just the mayor of their small-town Vermont town), we learn only that Olivia has been kidnapped by guys who'll use her for ransom. That's it. That's all we know. 

    Really?! (Yes.) And, after watching Olivia eventually escape only to realize she's been kept in a dressed-up warehouse this whole time, we have a few other aspects of this episode we'd like to get a little upset about.

    The kidnappers use a 20-second window to kidnap Olivia when she has somebody over instead of

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  • They're making a 'Limitless' TV show: 5 other movie-to-television ideas that should never be made

    If you were a fan of the 2011 movie "Limitless" -- about a guy (played by Bradley Cooper) whose dreams come true once he starts taking magical medicine -- then this one's for you.

    Variety reports that Cooper will be heading behind the camera as the executive producer a TV series of the same name. However, unlike the movie, television's "Limitless" will follow a man who stumbles upon the drug and is then coerced by the FBI to use it to help the FBI solve crimes (instead of just getting rich, the way Cooper's character did in the movie). This is also CBS's second movie they'll be drawing from, having ordered a pilot based on "Rush Hour" earlier this week.

    Which of course means we're inspired to pitch our own movies-turned-TV-shows (that have no business being made). I mean, if "Limitless" can become a television series, then why can't...


    Network: BBC America, 1 hr
    Like a moustachioed and incompetent Columbo, Mortdecai will spend 45 minutes every week bumbling around a crime

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  • Why it will be OK if 'Grey's Anatomy' splits up Meredith and Derek


    According to "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes, it's "probable" that Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) will be gone from Seattle for a while. Since the mid-season finale ended with Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) actually telling him to leave, to take a position in Washington, D.C., and leave Grey Sloan Memorial behind, it's maybe even probable that Mer and Der could just (gasp!) divorce.

    And you know what? It wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.

    "We end them in a fairly dark place," Rhimes reminded Entertainment Weekly last week. "He's walking away and she's sort of pushed him out the door. It's like, call someone's bluff and push them out the door. He's having a hard time, she's having a hard time with this."

    Which is why Derek and Meredith as a forever-couple is perhaps not the greatest idea. First, if they wanted to be together, why wouldn't he have stayed in Seattle? (And/or why wouldn't she have gone along to D.C.?)

    Second, it's self-destructive behaviour like this that hasn't

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